Grateful Dead Live at Dane County Coliseum on 1978-02-03
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Subject: after the July 78 box set listen
Subject: Searching for the sound!
Subject: Party-school special and site of '73 mad show
This tour was short - 3 Chicago shows, Madison, Milwaukee and...Cedar Falls (where?). The last three have, since 2000, often been viewed as a run due to their release, in part, on Dick's Picks #18, even though the Chicago shows are about as good (it's essentially an early Road Trips release, but makes some poor choices). This date has more than half the show represented on the official release and has the hottest highlights of the three shows. It was a dropped-ball when DP18 didn't include all of this show since it has several highlights not circulating on SoundBoard. They played Madison a year later almost to the day. I'll bet lots of people from this show were blown away and drove over to Milwaukee the next night.
First Set. No warm-ups here, Cold Rain & Snow is nailed. The sets motors along until the stellar, best-of-78 Looks Like Rain. Loser is also one of the best with amazing interplay between Jer and Keith. It was a good year for Passenger and this is the best of the month. Why, oh why was this not on DP18 (instead of the one from two nights later)? The awesome Brown-Eyed Women has a bit of '72 in there, and though Keith gets stuck on glissandos in '78, Bobby is great here. Peggy-O has an astonishing solo and the set ends with a landmark Music Never Stopped. The arrangement is difficult to nail but here everybody is on the dime. I can't think of a better Keith/Donna MNS.
Second Set. The set starts average for '78. I wonder if a matrix would be better than the SBD/DP18 for Estimated. Note that Keith was supposedly touring with only a Baby Grand Electric in '78, but is playing something else here (unless it's a guest unlisted on DP18). I know he wasn't using synth but this sounds like a Clavinet (he used one in '73) and it's heavy in mix. It's the end-jam that gets you ready for an incredible Eyes of the World. The lyrics come after a 5 min jam and there are several individual, jawdrop peaks. The mother-jam is an astonishing ride. The energy carries into Playin' for 35 minutes of peak Dead. The drummers drop in for Drums but it's a Playin' with a brief Space sans Drums. It's really interlocked and the jam is another second set mother-jam; wandery but not incohesive . The Wheel is sluggish but peps a little for the rest of the cumulative 33 min of Playin'. The Johnny B. Goode is A+. Jer is shit-hot, Keith amazing and Bobby and Donna sing well. Leave 'em impressed.
1st Set: A
2nd Set: B
Overall = 4 1/2 Stars
Cold Rain & Snow - opener nailed
Looks Like Rain - better even than 4/21
Loser - one of the best Jer/Keith interplays of '78
Passenger - shines even with pre-net AUD qual
Brown-Eyed Women - Like a hot '72
Peggy-O - always about the solo
Music Never Stopped - A+ version
Eyes of the World - Has several peaks
Playin' in the Band - a wandering version that actually goes places
Johnny B. Goode - maybe better than era-faves 6/8/77, 11/04/77, 12/30/79
Apparently the SBD of the First Set doesn't circulate (and originally only part of the second was in Circ), which makes it frustrating that more from this show isn't on DP 18. So you have to fill the 1st Set gaps with this okay-sounding AUD. Second Set is a Betty Board.
Subject: So Grateful to be there
Subject: Great Playin'
Keith is a detriment at this point.
In deference to another review, I will concur that 12/31/81 Playin' was well played indeed.
(A minus for '78, B minus compared to all)
strictly based on show, as people are sharing
Subject: First show at 13
Subject: dane county
Subject: this show is awesome....
Subject: Definitive MNS
Subject: Snatch Lip Said, "Don't Stub Your Toe On The Ceiling Beam, Sprout!""
Took me ages to find this - bless you all Archivists! Got it a month or so ago before the Bad Things happened here - nailed a sweet SBD! Tee Hee!
Danced a lot and hummed real carefully next to the taper with the furrowed serious brows. No, it was not me who Yahoo'd with glee on this version, no, not this time.
There are flashes in this show, especially the Eyes, that perfectly capture the spirit of WHY so many, for so long, came so far, and gave so much, just to be there when this fleeting slippery magic wended it's way like hyper-love sex-god spirit jazm right down through centre and spooged the Good Stuff all over the schlpace!
At the end of nights like this, we stood transmazed in joy and feelings of splendour and prayed, "God, I LOVE this band!"
Subject: Awesome show
Subject: decent but not epic
for my 2cents, the 7-8-78 fob, that hasn't surfaced on archive yet, is the tops, the cats meow, for 78 estimateds. yes, this one here is solid, but not quite as sonorous. playin' is good, but lags in some spots. 12-31-81 is a far more creative beast, but this one begins working in that jazzy direction.
fun listen for audience recording fans though. well balanced, clear sound with some reverb.
Subject: 2 3 78
Subject: Music is hot
Subject: Classic Jerry
Subject: The Music Never Stopped
Subject: pretty good
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